Festivals by the Sea in Suffolk

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There's a whole array of festivals on The Suffolk Coast in 2020, with many accessible by train or just a short journey from a station. With festivals showcasing arts, photography, poetry, walking, sport, music and food and drink; there’s something to suit all tastes.

See which floats your boat, book your train tickets and plan your festival break on The Suffolk Coast!

First Light Festival, Lowestoft – 20th – 21st June 2020

First Light is a new arts celebration to celebrate the summer solstice

First Light Festival runs continuously across the summer solstice weekend, from midday on Saturday 21st through to midday on Sunday 22nd June. On Lowestoft South Beach through changing tides, light and darkness, sun and stars - a unique shared experience with music, dance, film, talks, walks, sports and workshops as well as the best local and regional food, drinks and produce. The festival site sprawls out across the promenades and gardens to offer arts, activities and entertainment in a beautiful seaside setting.

To give you a flavour of what’s in store, last year’s inaugural festival boasted a stellar line up, with performances from DJ Gilles Peterson, film presentations from Academy-Award winning Director Danny Boyle, talks by Radio Presenter Simon Mayo and music from acclaimed Tabla player Talvin Singh.


Travel by Train:

Greater Anglia runs trains services to Lowestoft and Lowestoft’s South Beach is a short walk from the station. For travel information and places to stay in Lowestoft, visit https://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/suffolk-coast-towns-and-villages/lowestoft

Ink Festival, Halesworth – 17th, 18th 19th April 2020

INK Festival is an annual weekend festival of new short plays, musicals, radio and film taking place at The Cut in Halesworth. The festival includes a growing programme of workshops and talks, as well as a children’s programme.

Attended by famous names including writer/director Andie Powie, Times Journalist Libby Purves, and Richard Curtis and Esther Freud, who said: "LOVED the INK Festival. Short, brilliant performances in the coolest venue put together by the best creative team using the cream of Suffolk talent. May Halesworth be inked up forever!".


Travel by Train:

Greater Anglia train services run to Halesworth Train Station and The Cut is a short walk from the station. For more travel information to Halesworth visit https://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/suffolk-coast-towns-and-villages/halesworth

Suffolk Walking Festival – 9th – 31st May 2020

Save the date for this fantastic walking festival, with a large programme of guided walks across Suffolk!

The 2020 Suffolk Walking Festival features over 120 events and promises to be the biggest and most ambitious festival to date. There are walks for everyone including Dawn Chorus Walks, Nordic Walking, walks through Suffolk's Wool Towns and GeoCaching.

Now in its 13th year, the Walking Festival Fringe has been launched; a series of exciting and imaginative events that get you close to nature in the very heart of the countryside.

Ticket Sales will start in February with the 2020 brochure being launched in March.


Travel by Train:

Walks take place across The Suffolk Coast, most of which are accessible by train. For travel information to towns & villages on The Suffolk Coast visit https://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/suffolk-coast-towns-and-villages

Latitude Festival - 16th – 19th July 2020

Latitude festival light display

Save the date for 2020 Latitude Festival, which will take place from 16th – 19th July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk.

Voted one of the UKs top family festivals, there’s so much to see and do across the stages with art, poetry, comedy, dance and music. This year's line-up includes Liam Gallagher, Haim, The Chemical Brothers, Michael Kiwanuka, The Lumineers, Keane and Bill Bailey.


Travel by Train:

Greater Anglia offers train services especially for festival goers with bus connections to take you directly to the festival entrance.



Festival of Fabric, Felixstowe – 3rd October 2020

The award-winning Festival of Fabric in Felixstowe draws together specialist traders to enable the purchase of vintage and vintage style fabric, patterns, haberdashery and sewing machines - taking place on 3rd October.

There will be history of fashion lectures, sewing and millinery workshops as well as a vintage fashion exhibition. A sumptuous and traditional afternoon tea and refreshments are available in the gracious surroundings of the venue; The Orwell Hotel and you will be serenaded by the beautiful sound of sweet swing music played throughout the event.


Trail by Train:

Greater Anglia offers train services to Felixstowe and The Orwell Hotel is just a 4 minute walk away. For travel information and places to stay in Felixstowe visit https://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/suffolk-coast-towns-and-villages/felixstowe

Art on the Prom, Felixstowe – 6th September

Art on the Prom is a contemporary Art Fair with over 100 professional and hobby artists displaying and selling original work on Felixstowe’s popular seafront promenade on Sunday 6th September.

The art fair gives professional and hobby artists the chance to display and sell original artwork including paintings, ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and textiles. The Festival also works with local schools and at the event a display of local children’s artwork is featured. A variety of bands and entertainers will be performing throughout the day to add to the enjoyment of the occasion!


Travel by Train:

Greater Anglia offers train services to Felixstowe, with the festival a 20 minute walk away. For travel information and places to stay in Felixstowe, visit https://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/suffolk-coast-towns-and-villages/felixstowe

Felixstowe Book Festival – 26th – 28th June 2020

There are varied talks and lots of places to buy books at Felixstowe

Felixstowe Book Festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar and returns for another exciting programme of events from 26th - 28th June 2020.

A full programme of fiction, poetry, non-fiction events (covering politics, history, memoir, photography, social issues and nature), workshops and discussions will take place at The Orwell Hotel plus there is an excellent selection of events for children and teens is hosted by Felixstowe Library. The festival also pops up in some unusual venues including beach huts, a shipping container, Landguard Fort and the Seafront Gardens.

This year's festival programme is still to be announced, but previous speakers have included Alan Johnson, Sir Vince Cable, Emma Freud and Prue Leith.


Travel by Train:

Greater Anglia offer train services to Felixstowe and The Orwell Hotel is a short walk away. For travel information and places to stay in Felixstowe, visit https://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/suffolk-coast-towns-and-villages/felixstowe